History of the Islamic World

Write a Reflection Paper on “Introduction” and “Chapter 1” – book: Restating Orientalism by Wael Hallaq.

In general, the reflection paper should be divided into three main parts: general summary of the chapters, relevance to the course, and general commentary on the topic  + why you chose the chapters for this reflection

For the general commentary on the topic, you can state your opinion, some additional information that you found elsewhere concerning that topic or any other remark on that topic.

Please write an interesting paragraph regarding the relevance to the class regarding Orientalism. Keep in mind this class is called “History of the Islamic World”.

For the relevance to the course part, link orientalism with topics that were discussed in class (in the schedule below).

Relevance to the course: we discussed European colonialism in (e.g. British colonial rule in Egypt). We also discussed “Women in the 19th and 20th century” – these topics may relate to “Orientalism”.

 The information below is taken from the syllabus, this may additionally help you for the “relevance to the course” part.

Course: History of the Islamic World

Course Description               

This course offers a comprehensive survey of the Islamic world from the rise of Islam in 7th century Arabia until the present. It traces Islam’s expansion across different geographical regions from its birth place in the Arabian Peninsula to Central and Southeast Asia and from Western Asia (Near or Middle East) along the North African Mediterranean coast into the Iberian Peninsula to sub-Saharan Africa. The course examines the religious institutions that facilitated the creation of a homogeneous Islamic character within the various cultures of these different regions. A central theme that the course explores in this survey is the interface between unity, as an ideal religious aspiration, and diversity, as reflected in the actual historical experience of Muslim communities. The course also traces the trajectory of main trends and orientations into the modern period including responses to major challenges such as Western colonization, secularization, emergence of the nation state, as well as different modes of Islamic regeneration ranging from traditionalist revivalism and reformation to extreme fundamentalism and militantism.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students should:

  • Gain basic understanding of the historical background of the Islamic world.
  • Appreciate the symbolic significance of Islam’s early formative period
  • Trace the rise and historical development of main Islamic dynasties across different regions.
  • Develop familiarity with important Islamic institutions as well as various aspects of the Islamic intellectual tradition.
  •  Identify boundaries of unity and diversity across various Islamic cultures and communities
  • Explore major challenges and transformations in modern Islamic history

Course Outline and Reading Assignments

Part I: Rise and Early Development

Week 1 (January 10 – 12)

  • 1st class: General Introduction: The pre-Islamic Arabian context
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Introduction and Chapter 1), pp. 7-21)
  • 2nd class:  Rise of Islam
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 2-4), pp. 22-45
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 1-30

Week 2 (January 17 – 19)

  • 1st  class: Early Islamic Dynasties
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 5-10), pp. 46-91
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 33-61
      • Quiz 1
  • 2nd class: imperial and urban milieus 
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 11-16), pp.  92-143
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 63-97

Week 3 (January 24 – 26)

  • 1st class: Social and cultural dimensions
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 17-19), pp. 144-174
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 99-129

Part II: Islamic Community and Islamic Society in the Near East

  • 2nd class: the Post Abbasid System
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapter 20), pp. 177-207
      • First written assignment due

Week 4 (January 31- February 2)

  • 1st class: Muslim Communities: 1000 – 1500 CE
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 21-22), pp. 208-236 
  • 2nd class: Normative Dimensions
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 23-24), pp. 237-265
      • Quiz 2

Week 5 (February 7- 9)

Part III: Global Expansion of Islam

  • 1st class: Conversion to Islam and the North African context until the 13th century
    •  Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 25-26), pp. 269-297
    • Dunn, The Adventures of Ibn Battuta. 1-12
  • 2nd class (Tuesday, February 9): No Classes (National Sports Day)

Week 6 (February 14- 16)

  • 1st class: Spanish Islamic Civilization and the North African context until the 19th century
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 27-29), pp. 298-328
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 205-245
      • Second written assignment due
  • 2nd class: Islam in Asia: the Turkish context
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 30-33), pp. 331-376
    • Kennedy, Caliphate, 247-265
      • Midterm outline due

Week 7 (February 21- 23):

  • 1st class: The Iranian and Indian contexts
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 34-36), pp. 377-417
  • 2nd class: Central and Southeastern contexts
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 37-38), pp. 418-446
      • Quiz 3

Week 8 (February 28 – March 2): Midterm break (no classes)

Week 9 (March 7 – 9):

  • 1st class: Islam in Africa and the West African contexts
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 39-41), pp. 447-476
  • 2nd class: East African and global contexts
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 42-44), pp. 477-507

Week 10 (March 14 – 16): Part IV: Modern Transformations

  • 1st class: Nationalism in the Middle East: Turkey and Iran
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 46-47), pp. 524-560
      • Midterm paper due
  • 2nd class: Egypt and the Arab East
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 48-49), pp. 561-607

Week 11 (March 21 – 23)

  • 1st class: the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 50-51), pp. 608-651
      • Quiz 4
  • 2nd class: Women in the Middle East
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapter 52), pp. 652-666

Week 12 (March 28 – 30)

  • 1st class: The Central Asian context
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapter 53), pp. 667-697
      • Third written assignment due
  • 2nd class:  Islam in the Indian subcontinent
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapter 54), pp. 698-728

Week 13 (April 4 – 6)

  • 1st class: No Class (Easter Sunday)
  • 2nd class: Islam in Southeast Asia
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapter 55), pp. 729-754

Week 14 (April 11 – 13)

  • 1st  class: the African context
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 56-58), pp. 755-801

Quiz 5

  • 2nd class: Islam in the West
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Chapters 59), pp. 802-825

Week 15 (April 18 – 20)

  • 1st class: Orientalism and its contestations
    • Hallaq, Restating Orientalism (Chapter 1), 27-64
  • 2nd class: Knowledge, Power, and Historiography
    • Hallaq, Restating Orientalism (Chapter 2), 65-112

Week 16 (April 25 -26)

  • 1st class: Revisiting Orientalism
    • Hallaq, Restating Orientalism (Chapter 5), 229-267
  • 2nd class: Conclusion and wrap up
    • Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies (Conclusion: Secularized Islam and Islamic Revival), pp. 826-857

Final Exam: TBD

Research Paper 101
Calculate your paper price
Pages (550 words)
Approximate price: -

Reasons to trust Research Paper 101

On Time Delivery

We pride ourselves in meeting the deadlines of our customers. We take your order, assign a writer but allow some more time for ourselves to edit the paper before delivering to you. You are guaranteed a flawless paper on a timely manner...

24x7 Customer Live Support

Our team at Research Paper 101 is committed to handling your paper according to the specfications and are available 24*7 for communication. Whenever you need a quick help, you can talk to our writers via the system messaging or contact support via live chat and we will deliver your message instantly.

Experienced Subject Experts

Online Experts from Research Paper 101 are qualified both academically and in their experiences. Many are Masters and Phd holders and therefore, are qualified to handle complex assignments that require critical thinking and analyses...

Customer Satisfaction

We offer dissertation papers as per students’ wishes. We also help craft out the best topics and design concept papers. By ordering with us, you are guaranteed of defending and making through those hard faced professors in the defense panel!

100% Plagiarism Free

We at Research Paper 101 take plagiarism as a serious offence. From the start, we train our writers to write all their papers from scratch. We also check if the papers have been cited appropriately. Our website also has a tool designed to check for plagiarism that has been made erroniusly. In essense, the paper you get will be 100% legit...

Affordable Prices

We understand that being a student is very challenging, some students balance between work and studies in order to survive. We therefore offer pocket friendly rates that are very competitive in the market.

Try it now!

Calculate the price of your order

Total price:

How it works?

Follow these simple steps to get your paper done

Place your order

Fill in the order form and provide all details of your assignment.

Proceed with the payment

Choose the payment system that suits you most.

Receive the final file

Once your paper is ready, we will email it to you.

Our Services

No need to work on your paper at night. Sleep tight, we will cover your back. We offer all kinds of writing services.


Essay Writing Service

No matter what kind of academic paper you need and how urgent you need it, you are welcome to choose your academic level and the type of your paper at an affordable price. We take care of all your paper needs and give a 24/7 customer care support system.


Admission Essays & Business Writing Help

An admission essay is an essay or other written statement by a candidate, often a potential student enrolling in a college, university, or graduate school. You can be rest assurred that through our service we will write the best admission essay for you.


Editing Support

Our academic writers and editors make the necessary changes to your paper so that it is polished. We also format your document by correctly quoting the sources and creating reference lists in the formats APA, Harvard, MLA, Chicago / Turabian.


Revision Support

If you think your paper could be improved, you can request a review. In this case, your paper will be checked by the writer or assigned to an editor. You can use this option as many times as you see fit. This is free because we want you to be completely satisfied with the service offered.